Aggregation and curation makes us more informed

29 Feb

Linking and curation is one of the strongest tools journalists posses today. It is a way to give readers all of the information they could possibly want to know. It also allows readers the freedom to choose what they look at and click on. If they already know the background on the information, they can simply skip over that link and keep reading the story. If they want to look at specific graphics that prove the point, though, they can choose to utilize the link conveniently placed in the story. This saves readers time in a hectic world and helps them sort through the vast amount of information on the expansive Web.

Linking and curation are also good practices because they require the writer to have comprehensive knowledge of the subject. While it sounds relatively simple to throw links into a story, there is an art to linking. In order to link to other web pages related to the topic, you have to be well-read on the topic. This makes for better stories.

Even large media outlets, like the New York Times and the Washington Post now regularly link to other sites. They are committed to offering great content to readers. Today, that means including aggregation and curation in stories.

I am more of a visual person, and I enjoy reading stories that are not in just plain linear form. Sometimes using aggregation can make a story shorter but at the same time more clear. It can help readers to better understand concepts, like this post does when it comes to aggregation.

CNN normally does a nice job of linking their stories. This story on Santorum does a nice job of linking and helping me understand the full picture. I haven’t been keeping up with the election recently, so I missed what this story is regarding. The story conveniently links me to background information, so I can catch up. I don’t have to waste any of my time searching aimlessly around the Internet looking for answers. They have been placed right in front of me.

By providing information right at people’s fingertips, I feel like the public will be more informed. I feel like a large part of being uninformed comes from lack of time, knowledge of where to look and initiative. People are lazy, so they will just forget taking the extra steps to learn about current events and their history. But, aggregation and curation cut out those middle steps for the reader. The information they want is presented right to them on a silver platter, making it much easier to access.

Google Search:

Dossier on my team members:

John Boothe:

Male

University of Florida Student, Class of 2012

Earning his B.S. , Journalism

Went to St. John Lutheran School

From Ocala, FL

Assistant Sports Editor at the Independent Florida Alligator

Currently lives in Gainesville, FL

Been a sports editor at the Patriot Press

Twitter name is @JJBoothe

Written articles for Alligator, like this one with the headline: “Hlaselo formally charged with first-degree felony sexual battery”

Email: jboothe@alligator.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jjboothe

Has Google Plus, Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook

Amber Thibodaux:

Gender: Female

University of Florida student

Couldn’t find her twitter or Facebook

Has a Quora account, MySpace, Google Plus

 

I had much more trouble finding things out about Amber than John. Many things instantly popped up regarding John when I simply typed in his name. Then, I found even more when I narrowed the search by putting his name in quotes and adding Gainesville, FL after it. I tried both strategies with Amber, but I still didn’t find a lot about her.

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One Response to “Aggregation and curation makes us more informed”

  1. Ronald R. Rodgers February 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    EXCELLENT = ONE EDIT ISSUE
    journalists posses today SPELLING

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